There has been lots of activity over the last two months both around the site and also in the facilities building!
Cafe 1804 was opened on the 1st June. The first floor of the facilities has now been transformed into a fantastic cafe/bar which will seat up to a hundred people. On our walls we have an amazing map of The Ashby Canal painted by artist Clair Greenwood, who originates from Twycross. The wall and bar finishes have been designed and finished by Josh and his team and also Heidi, our cafe manager. The balcony is open and the views from there, and also within the cafe, are stunning. Will Poulton is our chef and Sharon Veall is our pastry chef and they are supported by Diedre and Ryan and their enthusiastic helpers.
Ben and his team finished off the preparatory work including levelling up the stone for the road and footpaths and they have installed french drains along the edges. The final drainage and ducting pipe and manholes are also installed. The road that leads from the marina entrance gate around the base of the marina basin is now surfaced and fully open. One cyclist who visited our cafe said ‘the road was like riding on velvet’! This road leads to the car park at the facilities building for boaters and also the parking area for the shop and cafe 1804. The automated gates to the boaters’ car parks and jetties are installed and Ben will shortly be constructing the timber frames around the sliding sections and then we will be able to get them into operation.
All our wildlife areas are establishing well this year and the swans have successfully hatched their cygnets. Please keep dogs on leads on the marina.
Meanwhile Harry and Sally, our day boat, has been out and about on The Ashby Canal on numerous trips and is getting excellent reviews.
The Rails and Ales event was a big hit last weekend with our boaters sampling over 40 real ales and ciders over three days.
An update on our dayboat: Harry and Sally is really taking shape and is being painted in two pack primer this week. The top coat will be painted next week and the canopy is in production.
The marina site between the Ashby Canal and the marina facilities building is now taking shape. An additional 230 loads (2300 solid metres) of imported engineering fill has been tipped, levelled and compacted during July to complete part of the car parking and landscaping areas. The marina ducks and ducklings, and the swans with their cygnets have paid regular visits to inspect the work.
‘Harry and Sally’, the marina day boat is now being primed and will receive further dark blue coloured coats of paint.
On June 30th the marina hosted a music concert performed by the students of Nancy Honor-Wright. It was a great success and we are very pleased that we were able to offer the facilities building as a venue. Read Nancy’s comments on our testimonials page.
‘Harry and Sally’ The Bosworth Marina Dayboat
Work begins on our twelve person dayboat which will be based at Bosworth Marina.The boat is named after Ben and Josh Trivett’s grandparents, Harry and Sally Trivett, who originally owned the field where the marina now sits.
Starline Boats at Boot Wharf in Nuneaton are commencing the build during February. The luxury cruiser stern narrowboat will be approximately 45 ft by 6’10” and will have a large covered front deck with roll up canopies. The boat will have heating and sound system throughout and will have a toilet, and a galley with fridge, sink, kettle, microwave and utensils. Harry and Sally will be disabled friendly. Parties will be able get a taste of cruising with or without a steerer. Booking details will be available in the near future.
On August 14th the lake area adjacent to the Carlton Road was extended and the clay bank holding the water was removed. Immediately 14 ducks arrived along with 4 lapwings to inspect the work and take up residence!
The water area of this lake is over 4700 square metres and together with the SSSI habitat we have 7000 square metres of water with sloping banks and shallows for the wildlife to enjoy, in addition to the marina basin itself.
The banks and surrounding areas have now all been covered with topsoil and will be seeded later in the year.
The entrance doors and shelves in our chandlery and shop are now fitted. Boaters are welcome to call in to see what we have on offer and we will order any items in for boaters as required. Continue reading
Bosworth Marina is offering a “Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2” deal during the Shackerstone Festival on 5th and 6th September. Boaters will be able to catch the steam train from Bosworth Station, just 5 minutes walk from the marina. Train timetable should be available on the Shackerstone Festival
website in the future. If you or your friends or family want to take advantage of our 3 nights for 2 offer contact Jane on 01455 291111.
The barbecue is now on site and nearly ready to go! Now we need some nice sunny weather so that we can really enjoy it.
Due to increased demand, the chandlery and shop are to be extended in the next few weeks so that we can increase our range of boating items and groceries. Our boaters and Ashby Canal boaters are taking advantage of the wi-fi, Elsan disposal and pump out, showers, toilets and laundry, coal, fuel, gas and the lounge with coffee machine and TV.
We have put the final finish to about half of the road and car parking area along the Sheepy jetties, and we have also landscaped more areas of the 19 acre site. The imported material came in just before Whitsun to make up levels near the road entrance and the main road which leads up to Sheepy and Shenton jetties.The dozer, backacter and sheepsfoot roller were hard at work compacting the material to make a solid base for the road base hardcore to go down on.
The main activity during April on Bosworth Marina was constructing the compensation pond to protect the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), further along the Ashby Canal. Please go to the gallery to see how Ben Trivett and the team built it!
The SSSI habitat is now complete and the water is flowing gently from the canal into the pond. The pond is built with a central bund to form two canal-like strips of water and replicates the adjacent Ashby Canal. Continue reading